A Common Myth About Concussions
We commonly associate concussions with sports, but in reality… any injury that shakes or rattles the brain can be harmful. You may be thinking, “I don’t play football, soccer or hockey.” However, bumping your head on a hard surface or even in a car accident can be enough to cause a traumatic brain injury.
The first 7 days after a head injury are critical, and some patients only show symptoms 48 hours after the injury. Get help as soon as possible.
Common concussion symptoms include:
Inability to Concentrate
If You Suspect a Concussion
It’s better to take extra precautions if you suspect a concussion. Most patients don’t realize the severity of an indirect or direct hit to the body or head causing even a mild concussion. Whether mild or severe, all concussions are serious injuries that affect the brain and that can have long-lasting consequences for many years. It is critical that you are fully evaluated within the first 7-10 days of the incident.
Immediately After the Trauma
- Make sure to stay awake for 2 to 3 hours right after the incident. We recommend having a friend or family member with you to monitor you continuosly. Do not spend this critical window of time alone.
- Have someone drive you. Do not drive or be left alone.
- After the initial 2-3 hours, only sleep in 2-3 hour increments.
- It is critical that someone wake you up every 3 hours, and ask you simple questions like where you live, what year it is, etc. If you are unable to answer them, get immediate help as a more serious brain injury has possibly occurred.
Go to the Emergency Room if You Experience the Following:
- Rapid deterioration of your symptoms
- Severe headache that came on quickly
- Slurred speech
- Inability to be woken up
- Repeated vomiting
- Inability to answer simple questions
Get help right away. The first few days are critical in being able to recover quickly and avoiding Post-Concussion Syndrome.
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What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a blow to the head that can occur with or without losing consciousness.
In the past it was believed that the symptoms were transient, but we now know that this is not always the case. Patients can suffer from long-term fatigue, light and sound sensitivity, brain fog, headaches, and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination for many years. This condition is known as Post-Concussion Syndrome.
Post Concussion Syndrome
Post-concussion syndrome affects 10-20% of concussion sufferers. There are several factors that cause post-concussion syndrome; one of them being an unresolved neck injury.
These complex cases require a co-managed approach and require more time to resolve. Since this is an invisible injury, many times patients do not take the time to rest their brain to fully recover. Even if you, it is very important to get professional help right away.
Providing Concussion Treatment to our Patients
You cannot have a concussion without also having a neck injury. The head and neck are intimately connected and it is critical that both injuries be managed right away. Our doctors have post-graduate training in assessing and treating head and neck injures.
Our upper cervical care doctors have extensive experience in stabilizing the neck and providing concussion treatment so patients heal faster. We alsoco-manage complex cases with other providers.